Terri Oviedo grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivated a passion for holistic healing?a pastime that helped her get through cancer and helps her manage her diabetes. Massage aided her recovery, and so upon moving to Colorado she studied sports and deep-tissue massage at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Terri wields more than 10 modalities in her tool belt, such as hydrotherapy and shiatsu. She offers Brazilian toe massage, which soothes six meridians that connect organs like the invisible strings that still connect us to our mothers. Terri also helps veterans find relaxation and peace by offering her services to them at a reduced rate.
Before she became a licensed therapist, Jaime Castillo heard over and over again about the healing powers of massage. Seeing the results for herself compelled her to pursue a career in massage therapy, and today she helps clients get balanced with massage sessions instead of suggesting they sleep on tightropes. Each massage is tailored to the client's individual needs and Jaime draws from experience in a variety of modalities including myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
SHIFT Chiropractic is operated by Dr. Marco Vespa, who studied at the Sherman College of Chiropractic and excels at dismantling negative blocks in people’s health potential with a zone healing chiropractic approach. Amid sleek and soothing décor featuring lustrous wood floors and flooding lights, SHIFT clients will acquire body-aligning services over three separate visits. First, a consultation and space-certified technology analysis ($150 value) is performed, followed by a second-visit report of findings ($65 value) and a zone healing adjustment ($79 value). On the third visit, clients will receive a 30-minute, tension-melting chair massage ($30 value). Pamper the body with a barrage of bone-buttressing services that will leave it as limber as a yoga-practicing gazelle.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
At Soma Bodywork, no two massages are the same. Sure, the licensed therapists offer the standard variety of Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, but they tailor these techniques to address each client's individual needs. They even look a bit outside the box to pepper their menu with traditional Eastern therapies such as shiatsu and acupressure. As if the sheer number of options weren't enough to bring you back to the downtown studio for more, certain massages are accompanied by warm cookies that can be eaten or placed along the back to soothe tension.